Following the recent unveiling of Dead Island Riptide’s “Zombie Bait Edition,” gamers and press alike were outraged by what publisher Deep Silver would call “Dead Island’s grotesque take on an iconic Roman marble torso sculpture.” The “sculpture” featured a bloody torso with ribs jutting out and what could only be scientifically described as “some rockin’ tits”.
In response to public outrage, Deep Silver released the following.
“We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide “Zombie Bait Edition”, the collector’s edition announced for Europe and Australia. Like many gaming companies, Deep Silver has many offices in different countries, which is why sometimes different versions of Collector’s Editions come into being for North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
For the limited run of the Zombie Bait Edition for Europe and Australia, a decision was made to include a gruesome statue of a zombie torso, which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.
We sincerely regret this choice. We are collecting feedback continuously from the Dead Island community, as well as the international gaming community at large, for ongoing internal meetings with Deep Silver's entire international team today. For now, we want to reiterate to the community, fans and industry how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again. “
As promised, feedback was taken into consideration and Deep Silver is set to release a more acceptable version of the sculpture. The new sculpture, named “I’m not a woman but if I was I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t offend one! Edition” will feature all the body parts missing from the torso, without the offending torso. Deep Silver had this to say on their new, more acceptable, sculpture.
“After our botched attempt at releasing a non-offensive sculpture, we at Deep Silver took to the public to address grievances and find a solution. After looking over the thousands of emails, tweets, and messages received and posted from around the world, we arrived at a solution. The public was not angry with how we portrayed the bikini clad torso, it was the torso itself.
With this in mind, our marketing team got together and decided that in keeping with the original vision of the sculpture, we would release the body parts not represented in the original sculpture in lieu of the offending torso.
Then new body parts we are set to release will include the arms, legs, head, and bottom half of the sculptures behind. The bottom butt was by far the most debated among our newly, sexually aware marketing staff. However, after hours and hours of staring at the torso sculpture, we at Deep Silver agreed that only the upper half of the female’s butt was represented and thus was the offensive part of the female's behind. We look forward to releasing the new sculpture and hope that our fans appreciate the level of sensitivity we have shown in removing the most offensive body parts and replacing them with more culturally sensitive body parts.”
All offending torso sculptures have been pulled from production and Deep Silver promises they will all be destroyed as soon as they are done with them.
When reached for comment on what the company meant by “done with them” Deep Silver refused to elaborate and asked to be left alone in their room for a while so they can say their goodbyes.
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